Like a treasure map, brain region emphasizes reward location

The lateral septum encodes spatial information with a special emphasis on where the reward lies.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
June 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: neuroscience biology memory learning research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

In a suddenly remote spring, library support services carry on

Despite closing campus locations, the MIT Libraries continue to provide vital support for teaching, learning, and research.

Brigham Fay | MIT Libraries • mit
May 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 pandemic learning online-learning research history-of-mit open-access libraries campus-services

How dopamine drives brain activity

A specialized MRI sensor reveals the neurotransmitter’s influence on neural activity throughout the brain.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neuroscience memory magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri learning research school-of-engineering school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences national-institutes-of-health-nih mcgovern-institute

With these neurons, extinguishing fear is its own reward

The same neurons responsible for encoding reward also form new memories to suppress fearful ones.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute • mit
Jan. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: neuroscience mental-health anxiety biology memory learning research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

Two studies reveal benefits of mindfulness for middle school students

Focusing awareness on the present moment can enhance academic performance and lower stress levels.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 26, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: neuroscience mental-health learning research behavior school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences mcgovern-institute

Brain wave stimulation may improve Alzheimer’s symptoms

Noninvasive treatment improves memory and reduces amyloid plaques in mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 14, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: neuroscience memory alzheimers learning research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences national-institutes-of-health-nih picower-institute

Personalized “deep learning” equips robots for autism therapy | MIT News

Machine learning network offers personalized estimates of children’s behavior.

Becky Ham | MIT Media Lab • mit
June 27, 2018 ~9 min

Tags:  robotics  machine-learning  artificial-intelligence  autism  robots  learning  research  behavior  media-lab  school-of-architecture-and-planning

MIT scientists discover fundamental rule of brain plasticity | MIT News

Study reveals how, when a synapse strengthens, its neighbors weaken.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
June 22, 2018 ~9 min

Tags:  neuroscience  memory  learning  research  school-of-science  brain-and-cognitive-sciences  synapses  picower-institute

Protein pair quickly makes memories of new places | MIT News

MIT researchers find that encountering novel contexts cues the brain to churn out neurogranin.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
June 6, 2018 ~6 min

Tags:  neuroscience  memory  broad-institute  learning  research  school-of-science  brain-and-cognitive-sciences  picower-institute

Fighting toxic stress in children is tough but possible | MIT News

Taking time to understand underlying causes of stress can help children escape debilitating health effects, symposium speakers argue.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
May 31, 2018 ~10 min

Tags:  medicine  neuroscience  poverty  pollution  economics  memory  learning  social-sciences  school-of-science  brain-and-cognitive-sciences  picower-institute

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